Framing the Dialogue

Phrase-e-ology – Big Brother’s Thermostat

Many times as I read an article I find a few sentences that capture the essence of the piece. In “Phrase-e-ology” I’ll post some thought followed by key phrases. As always I’ll have a link (in blue) to the original article.

As the media decries “record-breaking” heat (there were not many records actually broken) and hourly reminders of the “heat index” we are under a barrage of messages telling us how hot we are.  I had my first encounter with the cactus symbol on Weatherbug and the prediction lived up to my expectations.  I loathe to look at what our electric bill will look like, but the shock won’t make me feel guilty about having a comfortable home.  Apparently the local county officials were also concerned about the heating bills and found a unique way to cut back on their costs.  They simply shut off the A/C…on one of the hottest days of the year.  After all the folks most affected are government workers.  The real rub was that they did not tell everyone about the decision and folks were not prepared for the sweltering heat and, as reported, were “hot under the collar.

“County officials shut them off to save power but apparently failed to inform row offices and the courts, leaving many — including a jury hearing an ongoing homicide case — sweating in the century-old building.”

“a spokeswoman for County Executive Dan Onorato, said the air conditioners and lights were shut off as part of a program to save power when demand for electricity is high. The county, in turn, receives a discount on the bill.”

“asked some major electricity users in the area to reduce their power usage on Friday as part of its “demand response program.” A sweltering heat wave had increased the use of air conditioners, fans and other electrical devices in Western Pennsylvania, straining the power grid.”

“prosecutors also were sent home about 2 p.m. because of the heat.”

“I found out from the cleaning guy.”

So how much did the county really save if they had to postpone trials, send people home, and delay work on other projects?  Let’s not discount the hours that will be spent by those workers discussing the issue when they return to work.  It promises to be a busy water cooler. 

 I wonder if the cleaning guy got to leave early too?

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